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Synonyms for forbid
fərˈbɪd, fɔr-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forbid, prohibit, interdict, proscribe, veto, disallow, nix(verb)

    command against

    "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"; "Dad nixed our plans"

    Synonyms:
    blackball, interdict, forestall, disallow, prohibit, preclude, nix, negative, prevent, proscribe, veto, foreclose

    Antonyms:
    permit, countenance, allow, let

  2. prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid(verb)

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible

    "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

    Synonyms:
    proscribe, rule out, counter, interdict, keep, veto, preclude, forestall, prevent, prohibit, foreclose, nix, anticipate, foresee, close out, disallow

    Antonyms:
    countenance, let, permit, allow

Wiktionary

  1. forbid(verb)

    Synonyms:
    ban, prohibit, disallow

  2. forbid(verb)

    To disallow

    Synonyms:
    ban, disallow, prohibit

  3. forbid(verb)

    To proscribe

    Synonyms:
    prohibit, ban, disallow

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. forbid

    To prohibit is to give some formal command against, and especially to make some authoritative legal enactment against. Debar is said of persons, disallow of acts; one is debarred from anything when shut off, as by some irresistible authority or necessity; one is prohibited from an act in express terms; he may be debarred by silent necessity. An act is disallowed by the authority that might have allowed it; the word is especially applied to acts which are done before they are pronounced upon; thus, a government may disallow the act of its commander in the field or its admiral on the high seas. Inhibit and interdict are chiefly known by their ecclesiastical use. As between forbid and prohibit, forbid is less formal and more personal, prohibit more official and judicial, with the implication of readiness to use such force as may be needed to give effect to the enactment; a parent forbids a child to take part in some game or to associate with certain companions; the slave-trade is now prohibited by the leading nations of the world. Many things are prohibited by law which can not be wholly prevented, as gambling and prostitution; on the other hand, things may be prevented which are not prohibited, as the services of religion, the payment of debts, or military conquest. That which is precluded need not be prohibited. Compare ABOLISH; HINDER; PREVENT.

    Synonyms:
    debar, disallow, hinder, inhibit, interdict, preclude, prevent, prohibit

    Antonyms:
    allow, authorize, command, consent to, direct, empower, enjoin, give consent, give leave, give permission, let, license, order, permit, put up with, require, sanction, suffer, tolerate, warrant

    Preposition:
    An act is prohibited by law; a person is prohibited by law from doing a certain act. Prohibit was formerly construed, as forbid still is, with the infinitive, but the construction with from and the verbal noun has now entirely superseded the older usage.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. forbid(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    prohibit, inhibit, interdict

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. forbid(v)

    Synonyms:
    prohibit, interdict, inhibit, restrain, taboo, preclude, proscribe

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    prohibit, ban, prohibits

How to pronounce forbid?

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How to use forbid in a sentence?

  1. Heri Masud:

    If they're going to forbid us from this, there must be a solution. The government hasn't provided us jobs.

  2. Jonah Hill:

    In America at that time in the 90s, traditional masculinity was not to show emotion, not to show sensitivity, not to show vulnerability because it's feminine or, God forbid, gay to do so, we're kind of not saying what we mean and we're not actually expressing what's happening here ... I just wanted to show that that's problematic.

  3. John Boehner:

    Imagine if, God forbid, another terrorist attack hits the United States.

  4. Wasserman Schultz:

    The Republican Party stands for turning the clock back to McCarthyism, god forbid this man would become president and would actually implement the outrageous proposal.

  5. Kristin Knutzen:

    It's an opportunity for parents, not to necessarily forbid their kids from watching this or listening to this but really to sit down with them and understand what they are watching and why it's important to them.


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